Mariners Minor League Report: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

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Bakersfield Blaze – A+ – 29-49, 5th Place in California League Norther Division 

Tyler O’Neill – LF – Not

Tyler O’Neill is cold as ice this week, posting a .167 batting average with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s. However, the Maple Ridge, BC product has strung together a very solid season in 2015 with the Blaze. He is holding his own in the California League as a 19-year-old, and he should get a chance to play in Jackson next season. If all goes well, O’Neil could find himself donning a Mariners’ uniform before his 22nd birthday.

Tyler Pike – LHP – Hot

Once considered one of the top young arms in the Mariners’ system, Tyler Pike’s star has fallen fast. However, he seems to have found himself lately with the Blaze. Pike is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 17 strikeouts and 7 walks this week. He has pitched at least 6 innings in each of his 2 starts, and has allowed 2 runs or less in both outings. There is still time for the 21-year-old southpaw to regain his former top prospect status, but he will need to keep pitching like he is right now.

Austin Wilson – RF – Hot

Austin Wilson is a blue chip prospect on paper, but the results have not been there in 2015. However, he is finally starting to show signs of life at the plate. Wilson is hitting .308 with 1 double over the last 7 days. He is still hitting below the Mendoza line on the season, but hopefully the former 2nd round pick is turning the corner.

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